About Us

The Puget Sound Bird Observatory is an organization dedicated to studying and informing the public about Washington’s birds.


A group of bird banders hatched the idea during long volunteer hours banding birds at monitoring sites. Founded in 2008, the organization united existing projects, teams, and trainers dedicated to bird research in the Puget Sound.

Our vision grew to encompass an organization that identifies gaps in our knowledge about local birds, mobilizes and trains people to collect data to address the gaps, and provides the results both to the general public and to land managers.

We envision an organization that can bridge the space between the resource management and monitoring efforts of the state government, the research efforts of our academic institutions, the public outreach of our Audubon Societies, and a motivated birding public. This concept evolved into our motto:

Sound Science – Scientific Information – Informed Public

PSBO is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, EIN: 65-1315727